Friday, March 01, 2024


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Updated 1 month, 1 week ago

Sometimes we all need a hand

Last Thursday, I walked to work in a snowstorm. I walked home in a blizzard.

Updated 1 month ago
The Climate Conversation: Focus on the climate, not the cold

I was sitting next to the woodstove last week as the temperature plunged and the sideways snow squalled outside my window. I couldn’t help but remember 1978 when I took a job as a timber feller for Champion Interna…

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
New Year brings lower taxes to Montanans

There’s no way Republican legislators would rather ring in a new year than with lower taxes, and that’s exactly what we’ve done to kick off 2024.

Updated 4 months ago
Miss Minnie, Zip, and the long way home

Miss Minnie, in her younger years, was an indefatigable ball-fetcher, a lake swimmer and sleek runner. She looked like a 1940s movie star, with gold eyes, one …

Updated 7 months ago
Kindness. Pass it on

The Mission Valley was circled by smoke Sunday, and I spent the afternoon following fires from Round Butte to Moiese and back to Ronan.

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Lake level points to another inconvenient truth

“Uncharted territory.” “The new norm.” Those were the headlines as the Earth experienced its hottest week ever recorded, in the wake of the warmest June on rec…

Updated 10 months, 1 week ago
Polson School Bonds: I vote yes …

On page 5, readers will hopefully notice and be inspired by the assembly of Polsonites who are voting for the Polson School District’s two bond issues.

Updated 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Hertz: Not playing fair in the sandbox

More alarming is Polson Senator Greg Hertz’s bill, passed last week by the Senate, that would require the two candidates who receive the most votes in primary elections for U.S. Senate to advance to the general ele…

Updated 11 months ago
A legacy of pickles, pies and pluck

The last time I saw Aunt Thelma, on the day before she died, she was sitting in her hospital bed at St. Joe’s, balancing her checkbook. A grandson was dispatch…

Updated 1 year ago
Water rights aren't drying up

The Leader received a handwritten letter last week from a Sanders County resident, claiming “all water users are about to lose their water rights to the Confed…

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Deja vu: Back in January of 1993 …

This job sometimes gives me a whopping sense of déjà vu: I feel like I’ve been here before.

Updated 1 year, 3 months ago
Humming a more generous tune

“Thanksgiving is the only holiday we have left in this county that’s only about giving thanks for the things you have."

Updated 1 year, 3 months ago
Telling our community’s stories

Full circle: that’s how it feels to be sitting at the editor’s desk of the Lake County Leader again.

Updated 1 year, 10 months ago
Guest column: Society must focus on root of drug problem

Driving through Polson, I am reminded of all the times in high school when I was told how devastating the drug issue was in our town.

Updated 1 year, 10 months ago
Guest column: Protect children from vehicular heatstroke

Since 1998 more than 900 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when left unattended in a vehicle.